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Drawing Parallels: Community Art & Artifacts from 2020
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 8, 2021
Announcing New Exhibit at the Museum of Boulder!
Drawing Parallels: Community Art & Artifacts from 2020 (With Historical Retrospective) October 30, 2020 – March 1, 2021
2020 has been a year of chaos and quiet. In the Museum of Boulder’s new fall exhibit, Drawing Parallels: Community Art & Artifacts from 2020, we invite you to explore the relationships among simultaneous sweeping events – from global wars and pandemics to movements for civil rights – in Boulder’s past and present. Drawing Parallels cuts through the onslaught of today’s news to discover how people in the past dealt with concurrent historic moments and to present contemporary perspectives on 2020 from local artists, frontline workers, and community members.
The main theme of the exhibit encompasses different ways to think about and respond to overwhelming events. These ways include individual and communal art, reflection and ritual, and looking back at past “historic” times.
Featuring a specially-curated selection of artifacts from the Museum’s private collection of over 44,000 pieces, including a “Gray Lady” Red Cross Uniform from 1918, the old Daily Camera sign, a letter from the Mayor of Boulder to Boulder residents after the bombings at Pearl Harbor, and other captivating artifacts, visitors will surely learn and be inspired to think about parallel events from the world pandemic of 1918, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and how our community responded to other historic events. Various forms of media from local artists and a heartwarming display provided by Boulder Community Health portray personal accounts on how our community has supported the frontline workers and responded to the pandemic.
The efforts of the healthcare community at Boulder Community Health in responding to COVID-19 have a special place in the exhibit, through artifacts collected from doctors, nurses, patients, and others who have carried BCH and the health of the wider Boulder community through the past few months. Visitors will experience “Ritual,” an interactive art installation that was stationed outside the employee entrance to the hospital and designed to promote reflection and bolster strength. They will also learn about how BCH mobilized to respond to the virus and about patients’ experiences in the hospital.
Drawing Parallels aims to capture the breadth of emotions and experiences from the Boulder community in 2020, and anyone who has lived through the past few months knows how high and how low these times have been. The exhibit features art and artifacts from today’s ongoing struggles with inequality, apathy, misinformation, and isolation, while at the same time memorializing the creative and resilient responses of the Boulder community.
Admission to the Museum also includes access to The Boulder Experience Gallery, which recently received the prestigious Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).
If you’re visiting with young ones, be sure to partake in the many activities at the Museum of Boulder’s new children’s exhibit, Playzeum, located on the garden level. With its rainbow forest, cabinet of curiosities, and hands-on building activities, Playzeum encourages younger visitors to imagine and experiment.
HEALTH & SAFETY The Museum of Boulder looks forward to welcoming visitors under strict health and safety regulations. Since reopening on July 1st, the Museum has restricted the capacity of their building occupancy limit along with reduced capacities for each of the separate galleries to provide ample personal space for all visitors and staff members. We monitor numbers continuously, based on state and local guidelines. Tickets will be sold at the front desk and groups may need to wait if the Museum reaches capacity.
SCHEDULE Opening on Friday, October 30, 2020 and available for viewing until March 1, 2021
HOURS OF OPERATION Sunday | 9am – 5pm Monday | 9am – 5pm Tuesday | Closed Wednesday | 9am – 5pm (Extended until 8pm for the month of November) Thursday | 9am – 5pm Friday | 9am – 5pm Saturday | 9am – 5pm
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF BOULDER Founded in 1944 as the Boulder Historical Society, the Museum of Boulder is an arts and cultural institution that showcases the remarkable accomplishments of Boulder through innovative exhibits, programs, and social engagement.
Museum of Boulder Tebo Center 2205 Broadway Boulder, CO 80302 303-449-3464 www.museumofboulder.org